The Palaszczuk Labor Government is failing the people of Mackay with their anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs agenda.
During a visit to Mackay today LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Mackay is at the epicenter of an employment crisis in Queensland, due to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s complete disregard for job creation and the natural resources industry
“13,300 people in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region have lost their job in the past year*,” Mr Mander said.
“The youth unemployment is a shocking 13.6% which is up 6.9% in just 12 months.”
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan for the
Mr Mander met with workers at Mainetec, a manufacturing and mining company based in the Mackay suburb of Padget.
“These men and women are yearning for more work,” Mr Mander said.
“They are passionate about what they do and understand the importance of the natural resources industry for their local community and the whole of Queensland.
“It’s a joke the Palaszczuk Labor Government has turned its back on regional Queensland.
“Whether it’s here in Central Queensland, North Queensland or the South East, regional Queenslanders are being treated like second-class citizens.
“I desperately feel for the 150 workers were made redundant by New Hope in Oakey, as the New Acland mine stage 3A remains on the backburner under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
““Only the LNP’s ‘Boost the Basin’ plan will create thousands of new jobs across Central and North Queensland.
“We will also deliver a 10-year freeze on mining royalties and overhaul Labor’s appalling approval process.
“Adani didn’t go through approvals for the Carmichael coalmine project, it was an obstacle course.
“$50 billion worth of Galilee Basin projects, which will create 15,000 new jobs have stalled because of Labor.
“Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia, it’s the only state in the nation where weekly earnings are going backwards, the state has become the bankruptcy capital of the nation and now the economy has ground to a halt after a recording zero growth in the June quarter.”